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John and Jane Doe-
photographic illustrations as a synonym for a new era 



“… is apparent in her current series „John and Jane Doe - photographic illustrations as a synonym for a new era.“ The artist combines various electronically readable and biometric standard passport photos, as they are prescribed on passes and tickets to the bank or the insurance company. She develops a nightmarish image of the transparent people, as they are pursued by authorities and businesses everywhere.This caricature takes the individual‘s uniqueness, individuality and his humanity, it lowers him/her into a mere medium, the account-holder, someone ill for insurance companies, or a welfare case. By using her digital photography, Martina Kalaba has managed to create emblematic works in which the threat to our people is recognizable by everyone.”

Dr. Peter Schütt


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